Stone Country House Near Historic Mirepoix

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Last updated: 11/03/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Montplaisir is a 200 year old stone house which lies secluded in a private forest in the countryside near the medieval town of Mirepoix. The property is an hour and a half from Toulouse, about an hour from Carcassonne, an hour and a half from the Mediterranean and about 3 and a half hours from Barcelona. The house is close to airports (Toulouse Blagnac and Carcassonne) and train stations (Toulouse Matabiau, Carcassonne and Pamiers.) Lac Montbel, only a few minutes by car, offers swimming, horseback riding, sailing, bicycling and a restaurant which opens in the summer months.

Please read the numerous reviews we have received for assurance that this is a most unusual property. Montplaisir features quality furnishings and appointments.

The house was recently remodeled and includes a master bedroom and remodeled bath along with a comfortable guest bedroom upstairs. Both bedrooms have stunning views of the Pyrenées Mountains. An additional guest bedroom with queen bed, en suite bathroom with shower stall and mountain views is located downstairs. All three bedrooms are equipped with top quality mattresses and linens.

Montplaisir features a comfortable salon with fireplace adjacent to a spacious typical French country kitchen and is furnished with country French antique furniture. A front terrace for alfresco dining offers dramatic vistas of the Pyrenées. Dark beamed ceilings and original tile floors lend the house an elegant rustic ambiance.

The house is equipped with a 40' HD LCD TV featuring numerous satellite channels in multiple languages (English, French, German, Spanish, etc.)as well as a DVD library of classic movies and a CD player. The wireless router allows for internet access throughout the house as well as FREE WORLDWIDE PHONE SERVICE. Radiators and a large fireplace will keep the place warm and cozy during cool weather.

This 14 acre privately-owned property sits on a hill overlooking a verdant valley and stunning mountain views. The area abounds with historical landmarks, museums, walking trails and châteaux. This particular site is noted for its unusual varieties of birds.

Access to the area is easy and inexpensive due to the frequent flights into Toulouse Blagnac, an international airport with connections from all over Europe. Carcassone provides inexpensive Ryanair service from Stanstead, Liverpool, Derby and Glasgow.

Montplaisir is located about 15 minutes from Mirepoix, an extraordinary Medieval village dating from the 13th century. Food shops as well as a newly renovated supermarket provide everything you could possibly need. The town has numerous restaurants in all price categories including the 'Cantegril' offering local dishes at reasonable prices.This part of France, the Ariége, is famous for its cuisine, featuring cassoulet, duck and foie gras as well as its wines, including the Minervois and Corbiéres.

On the large central square in Mirepoix you can still admire the half-timbered houses supported on wood pillars, creating a magnificent covered arcade. The ends of the joists of the richest houses are sculpted, and the most beautiful sculptures are on the house of the Justice du Seigneur, which became in 1500 the Maison des Consuls, showing women's faces, bearded heads, a tortoise and other fantastical images.

The cathedral of St. Maurice has an unusual nave. Of the cathedrals of Europe only that of Gerona in Spain has a wider nave. Inside, vandalism and demolitions destroyed many treasures but you can still admire a tabernacle, a Christ on the cross from the 14th century and seven paintings by Larivière-Vesontius.

This charming, peaceful little town is much appreciated for its mild southern climate and easy access from the airports at Carcassonne and Toulouse.

Payments may be made by personal check, credit card, PayPal or bank transfer.

Near Mirepoix you'll also want to visit:

- the ancient Romanesque stone church at Vals.
- the 14th century Château de Lagarde 'Le petit Versailles du Languedoc'.
- Camon, a small fortified village featuring a Benedectine abbey founded by Charlemagne in 778.
- the 'book town' Montolieu where you can find rare and unusual books of all kinds.
- The famous Cité of Carcassonne.
- Toulouse, 'la ville rose', with its numerous restaurants, shops, museums and churches.
- Foix, with its extraordinary castle overlooking the entire region.
- The fortified village of Cordes-sur-Ciel, northeast of Toulouse.
- Albi, with its famous cathedral and Toulouse-Lautrec museum.
- The medieval town of Conque about 2 hours away in the Dordogne.

Please see guest reviews below. On parle français.

Keywords: Rental house, sleeps 6, 3 bedrooms, free WiFi, satellite tv, quiet, Ariege countryside, retreat, Toulouse, Pamiers, Mirepoix, Carcassonne, Foix, views, lake Montbel, Pyrenées, swimming, boating, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, museums, castles, historic sites, Corbiere, Minervois, Languedoc-Rousillon, Southwest France.


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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Small pets are accepted...moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Private dining nearby provided by Cordon Bleu chef.


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library:

    Numerous classic movie DVDs available....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Cinemas
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Unobstructed southern view of the Pyrenees mountains....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    (2) One downstairs and one in the master bedroom....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio


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from 33 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2015
Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2016
7 night min stay

Spring 2016
Apr 1 - May 31, 2016
7 night min stay

Summer 2016
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2016
7 night min stay

Fall 2016
Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2016
7 night min stay

Winter 2016-17
Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2017
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $100
  • Taxes Not included

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Last updated: 11/03/2015
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

Why the Owner Chose Carcassonne:
This is a wonderful part of France that remains untouched by the frantic pace of the large cities and Provence. It offers mild weather, great cuisine and delightful wines at bargain prices. We could not find a better vacation spot when we were searching for a retreat from the hectic pace of city life.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The rich historical background of this region offers limitless opportunites for exploration. The cathedrals, Cathare ruins, museums and caves keep us occupied during our annual summer stay in Montplaisir. Lac Montbel provides great swimming and boating for our guests and their children. And every year we find something new and exciting.

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Speaks: english, french


  • Terrace facing Pyrenees mountains

    Terrace facing Pyrenees mountains

  • Morning at Montplaisir

    Morning at Montplaisir

  • Lunch on the terrace

    Lunch on the terrace

  • Salon from kitchen

    Salon from kitchen

  • Salon


  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Upstairs guest bedroom

    Upstairs guest bedroom

  • Downstairs bedroom

    Downstairs bedroom

  • View of mountains from house

    View of mountains from house

  • Monday morning Farmers' Market

    Monday morning Farmers' Market

  • Where to?

    Where to?

  • Side view

    Side view

  • Wisteria in the spring

    Wisteria in the spring

  • Living area

    Living area

  • Kitchen area

    Kitchen area

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Master bathroom

    Master bathroom

  • Upstairs guest bedroom

    Upstairs guest bedroom

  • View from terrace

    View from terrace

  • Nearby Lac Montbel

    Nearby Lac Montbel

  • Typical building in Mirepoix

    Typical building in Mirepoix

  • Winter at Montplaisir

    Winter at Montplaisir

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Date last modified - Friday, November 27, 2015

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